An international community that aims to build community among people with and without learning disabilities. It is interfaith but largely it is based on the Christian ethics of the Gospel. Its members range from those for whom the community is a lifetime home to those living outside but working at the Community house.
The Bahá'í faith, dating from 1844, is the most recent of the world's monotheistic religions. The faith's founder, Bahá'u'lláh, an Iranian nobleman whose name translates as “the Glory of God”, spent much of his life in exile. The Bahá'í faith is the second most widespread of the world's religions, with 5 million followers in 235 countries and territories throughout the world. There are around 6,000 Bahá'ís in the UK. The Bahá'í faith an independent world religion, and has its own scriptures, places of worship and administration. It is not a branch of Islam. Bahá'ís believe that humanity is a single race with a common destiny. In the words of Bahá'u'lláh, the faith's founder, “The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.”
The Bereaved Partners Support Group is a charity that was initially set up to provide support for people who lose their partners to cancer, however, we soon realised that others were looking for a similar kind of support. We now run bereavement support groups in London that are free of charge and are open to all relationships; people who have lost their partners, parents, siblings, friends, etc. to cancer.
Our groups and retreats are run by a caring group of compassionate psychologists and counsellors whose over riding aim is to show people they are not alone in their grief and to support them through their loss. The groups are defined by their users and we want to make sure we continuously provide reliable and beneficial support, therefore, the groups evolve according to members’ needs. This will be our focus for the retreat too. Most of all you will have space - for you to talk, listen, or simply to be.
Breaking Free is a dedicated and professionally run, registered charity. We are run by female survivors, who are qualified and trained therapists. Providing an opportunity for females over the age of 18, who have experienced any or all forms of trauma due to sexual abuse and rape; we provide the opportunity to heal wounds and to break free from victim to survivor, within a safe and trusted environment.
Many women are left emotionally and mentally scarred by the huge burden of guilt and self-disgust that is the legacy of sexual abuse and rape. Unable to function as women and trapped in a warped world of false self-perceptions and mistrust; many women run the risk of a lifetime of scarring, unless the right help is found.
Breaking Free provides practical and sympathetic help in overcoming the shocking, painful and lasting trauma inflicted as a result of abuse. Heal with like-minded females, sharing life experiences, with no time limit to your journey.
The Object of the Society is to publish and make known the principles of the major Buddhist Schools and traditions and to encourage the study and practice of those principles. Today, still faithful to its Objects, the Buddhist Society provides classes and courses in the teachings of the major Buddhist traditions, as well as a general introduction to Buddhism and its historical development.
We offer friendly and confidential help, prayer support, advice or information on pre-marriage and marriage relationships, by telephone, email, or through the website. Personal, face to face, help is available in North Walsham, Norfolk, to couples or individual spouses in Christian marriages. This is non-residential, but local hotel and B&B accommodation is close by.
Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. We work globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. We are part of a wider movement for social justice. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.
Christian Life Community (CLC) is for people who want to understand more deeply how God is at work in their everyday lives. We meet regularly in small groups to pray and share, supporting one another through the ups and downs of ordinary life. In listening to one another we grow to understand ourselves, deepen our relationship with God and discover more clearly how each one of us is uniquely called to respond to God's love.
There are many different Christian churches and denominations, but all have the same basic calling - to worship God, to share the good news about Jesus Christ and to work for the good of all people. The vision of CTBI is “To serve the churches of Britain and Ireland on our shared journey towards full visible unity in Christ”.
Communion and Liberation is an ecclesial movement whose purpose is the education to Christian maturity of its adherents and collaboration in the mission of the Church in all the spheres of contemporary life. It began in Italy in 1954 when Fr Luigi Giussani established a Christian presence in Berchet high school in Milan with a group called Gioventù Studentesca (Student Youth), GS for short.
The current name of the movement, Communion and Liberation (CL), appeared for the first time in 1969. It synthesizes the conviction that the Christian event, lived in communion, is the foundation of the authentic liberation of man. Communion and Liberation is today present in about seventy countries throughout the world.
There is no type of membership card, but only the free participation of persons. The basic instrument for the formation of adherents is weekly catechesis, called “School of Community.”
Communion and Liberation has been present in the UK from the mid 1980s, when existing members of the movement came here to study and began to meet people in their own universities. Since then it has spread throughout the UK to many major cities, including London, Oxford, Cambridge and Glasgow, with members in the world of work, universities and secondary schools.
Through a friendship lived together members recall each other to the event of Christ who is present now. Weekly meetings, known as “School of Community”, are organised in each place where the movement is present, during which participants reflect on their experience in the light of their encounter with Christ, beginning from a text of Monsignor Giussani.
Many adult members of the movement belong to the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, through which they help each other to a deeper awareness of Christ within the reality of an adult life. Other events organised in the UK include a weekend retreat, held in Henley-on-Thames in May, and a summer holiday during the month of August.
Creative Arts Retreat Movement
Painting, poetry, paper sculpture, creative embroidery, creative writing, photography, calligraphy, music in worship
Join us at a CARM Retreat: held in selected Houses in Britain and overseas; led by chaplain and tutor; open to beginners and the more experienced; includes worship and silence; ecumenical.
Registered Charity No. 1149636
Cruse Bereavement Care promotes the well being of bereaved people and enables anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. As well providing free care to all bereaved people, the charity also offers information, support and training services to those who are looking after them. Cruse is the UK's largest bereavement charity and last year we: responded to nearly 100,000 requests for assistance; helped 32,700 bereaved people face-to-face, including 2,500 children and young people under the age of 18; and worked with more than 1,700 people bereaved by suicide. Founded in 1959 in Richmond upon Thames, Cruse has areas and branches across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.
The Evangelical Alliance was founded in 1846 and is the oldest alliance of evangelical Christians in the world. The Alliance is the largest body serving evangelical Christians in the UK, and has a membership including denominations, churches, organisations and individuals. In its formative years the Alliance particularly stood for the victims of religious persecution and enabled evangelicals from different denominations to work together. As part of a movement 'uniting to change society' the Alliance promotes unity and truth, acts as an evangelical voice to the state, society and the wider church, and works collaboratively with Alliance members and other evangelicals, to present Christ credibly as good news for spiritual and social transformation. The Alliance speaks on behalf of its members and represents evangelical concerns to Government, the National Assemblies, the media and key decision-makers. In resourcing its members and encouraging Christians to fully engage in their communities as responsible citizens, the Alliance strives to make evangelical truths publicly accessible.
Faith and Light offers the opportunity to learn with those who are often seen as needing care without anything to give. People with learning disabilities have important gifts to offer, which are to be encouraged and developed. In these times of efficiency, competence and productivity, people with learning disabilities are still all too often marginalized. It is our experience in Faith and Light that our friends with so-called learning disabilities have profound lessons to teach us. They may have 'special needs' but they also have 'special gifts' – not least love and compassion. There are numerous local groups across the Wales and the south of England.
The Fellowship of Contemplative Prayer (FCP) is a loose-knit association of individuals and small groups who follow the way of prayer taught by the founder, Robert Coulson. The founder was an Anglican priest (died 1995) who commended a simple yet profound method of prayer based on the Holy Scriptures as the Word of God. The method was followed, first by a small number of clergy, then by others in increasing numbers who recognised the value of learning the discipline of listening to the Word of God which is 'spirit and life' (John 6.63).
A Christian Solitary is someone called by God to share on friendly terms in the life of God, in solitude, the simplicity of “no-need” and silence. If such a person can live in a hermitage, physically and visibly set apart, that is something with which everyone can come to terms. But what if such a call comes to someone living an ordinary life on an urban street, with clear obligations to other people that cannot in all Christian charity be renounced? The call to solitary life does come to people so placed, and it is such people that the Fellowship of Solitaries hopes to help and encourage, because such official provision as exists, available only to Roman Catholics and requiring celibacy, is not likely to commend itself to those with a simple desire to seek God.
International Roman Catholic lay movement with many members and growing all the time. It runs a publishing house as well. Publications include New City and Word of Life (free). Founded by Chiara Lubich. Gives annual retreat in Britain where the Focolare spirituality can be encountered. It is about unity and love.
Offers advice and support for transsexual and transgendered people, especially male-to-female. To partners, families, carers and allied professionals.
Goodnews online is the official website of the National Service Committee for the Charismatic Renewal in England. The CREW Trust (Catholic Renewal for England and Wales) has for its objectives the advancement of the Christian religion and the promotion of the spiritual renewal of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Islamic Centre of England-London (ICEL) was founded in December 1995, and opened officially in November 1998.
The Centre, in common with other Islamic organisations in Europe, wishes to provide spiritual guidance for the Muslim community at large, and also wishes to cater for the social, cultural, educational and recreational needs of members of the community – especially women and the next generation.
The Centre’s other main objective manifests itself in its sincere effort to disseminate authentic knowledge about Islam and to provide non-Muslims with a better and clearer understanding of Islam.
ICEL seeks to build bridges with the society at large and establish closer ties between peoples of different faiths and cultures all over the world.
Silent contemplative prayer groups. Christian, ecumenical with some 350 groups around Britain. Fellowship, quiet days, and retreats.
The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement is a UK-based international Charity which challenges homophobia and transphobia, especially within the Church and faith based organisations, as well as working to create and praying for an inclusive church. The organisation started in April 1976 as the Gay Christian Movement (GCM) and changed the name to recognise the contribution of the female membership ten years later. LGCM has continued to grow, despite opposition and numerous attempts to get the organisation to fold and now has members from all corners of the world and from all the major denominations as well as no denominational affiliation. Membership is open to all people regardless of sexual orientation or faith belief as long as they uphold the organisation's Statement of Conviction.
See website for information on this Christian church for gays, lesbians, transgenders and others. There are churches in UK, Denmark, France, Germany, Romania, Scotland, and USA.
The National Widowers’ Organization educates the public about the special needs of men who have lost their spouse or life partner. We do this by promoting the development of support groups for men to manage their grief and adjust to a new life and by advocating for research into men's unique needs to deal with grief and spousal loss. Our vision is to make appropriate groups available nationwide to all widowers that seek support. Currently only has meetings in the USA but has useful resources on their website. Formerly known as Men's Bereavement.
Now running for over twenty years, The Open Centre offers a programme to increase your awareness of yourself and others and to help you take a look at your relationships, your assumptions and your decisions about life and work. The key ideas are centred in therapy, movement, healing and growth. Courses on offer may primal integration, bio-energetics, and transactional analysis. There is a brochure available on request and, as a guide, prices range from £30-£35 per hour for individual sessions to intensives and residential courses at £110-£305.
Promoting awareness and acceptance of Paganism in Europe and the world.
Daily Jesuit prayer for your MP3 player in various formats (MP3, WMA and podcasts).
Quaker Lesbian & Gay Fellowship is a welcoming and supportive group for Quakers of all sexualities and those who, while not Quakers, are in general sympathy with the Quaker thought and lifestyle. We aim to encourage friendship and support among members; also to help members who are experiencing difficulties in being accepted or accepting themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered. We aim to promote dialogue at all levels within the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) with a view to achieving a deeper mutual understanding.
A wonderful idea - go to a quiet garden and find peace and repose. Send for a list of places.
The Retreat Association is a very important national organisation which makes available the programmes of many of the Christian retreat houses in Britain. It has grown in scope and excellence of work over the last few years and comprises these Christian retreat groups:
• the Association for Promoting Retreats (mainly Anglican)
• the National Retreat Movement (mainly Roman Catholic)
• the Methodist Retreat Group
• the Baptist Union Retreat Group
• the United Reformed Church Silence and Retreat Group, and
• the Quaker Retreats and One-to One Ministry (Q-ROOM)
The Retreat Association aims to foster and develop the rich and diverse expressions of Christian spirituality. There are no individual members. It provides information and resources, maintains networks and co-ordinates new initiatives and publishes an annual journal “Retreats”. The journal lists retreat houses and their programmes in Britain and Ireland. There are articles about retreats and the journal is available by post from the Association or from Christian book shops. Do ask also in your local book and magazine shop as it may be available there. You may send an SAE for a list of courses. If you are looking for a spiritual director, the Retreat Association can help by putting you in touch with a contact person in your area.
If the state of religion today seems to be ‘all at sea’, inviting the angry rejection of its claims as dangerous delusions, what could be better than to explore that vast sea in all its dangerous storms, its profound and mysterious depths and its serenity and beauty?
For Network members, all matters of religion are rooted in history, culture and language. None of them can validly claim divine authority. For many members of Sea of Faith this realisation goes hand-in-hand with a deep appreciation that religion is a tremendous human resource.
Public relations office serving the Orthodox (Russian, Greek, etc.) Churches in Britain. Publications and books by mail order and information.
Tourism for All UK is the UK Voice for Accessible Tourism. It's a national charity dedicated to making tourism welcoming to all. Tourism is important to our lives, giving us something to look forward to, time to enjoy our families, a chance for adventure, or perhaps some time to ourselves, to recover, and acquire memories of happy times. In the past, some of us have encountered barriers to our participation in tourism - those with disabilities, older people, carers of young people or disabled or older relatives - Tourism for All works to overcome these.